A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Felix Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1827 at the young age of 17. Music scholar George Grove described it as 'the greatest marvel of early maturity that the world has ever seen in music'.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Symphony No.1
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1827

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
The sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honourable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen.
LA Theatre Works
(1997)
Audio Theatre
LA Theatre Works
(2012)
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Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw
Pygmalion is an insightful comedy of class relations and perceptions, as played out between a Cockney flower girl and the irascible speech professor who has taken her on as a pet project.
LA Theatre Works
(1994)
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Sylvia

Léo Delibes
With origins in Greek mythology, Sylvia was loved by Aminta, abducted by Orion and eventually rescued by Eros.

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1876

Symphony No. 1

Johannes Brahms
Brahms’s epic first symphony was seen as his ultimate tribute to the intimidating influence of Beethoven, whilst Szymanowski's first symphony, drenched in evocative Romanticism, is a powerful and emotionally intense composition.
Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, and soloist Janine Jansen
London Symphony Orchestra
(2012)
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1876

The Sleeping Beauty

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the finale's celebratory dance (in which other famous fairy tale figures appear) are brought to life in this celebrated production, created in 1946 for The Royal Ballet.

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1889